Monday, 24 August 2015 08:00

Trial by technology

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2015_Fall_Issue_2015_TrialTech-TalaKhoury.jpgTo be part of one of the longest technologically-driven, white-collar-crime jury trials in Canadian history was more than Tala Khoury could hope for during her articles with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. But that is exactly what the Osgoode Hall Law School graduate got when she joined the Faskens team in the courtroom for eight months helping defend TPG Technology Consulting against the Competition Bureau in Ottawa.
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Monday, 24 August 2015 08:00

LPP: answering a different call

While it’s too early to declare Ontario’s English- and French-language Law Practice Program an overnight success after just one year, it’s interesting to consider its successes and breakthroughs, and acknowledge it’s a program many law grads might have benefited from in the past — perhaps more so than from traditional articling.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ted-Flett2015.jpgIt’s an inconceivable thought for some, including this naïve columnist: a supervising lawyer sexually harassing an articling student. Members of a profession that protects one’s rights violating earnest newcomers.
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Steven Breslauer switched over to Alberta’s new articling system as soon as he could.
Steven Breslauer switched over to Alberta’s new articling system as soon as he could.
The Law Society of Alberta is launching its new education plan, which will change the face of articling in Alberta for good.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ian-Holloway.jpgTradition is the foundation on which our professional culture is built. It is the centripetal force that holds us together in the face of centrifugal forces wanting to pull us apart. Things like gowning or bowing to the court, or talking about a place called “Upper Canada,” may seem quaint and old-fashioned, but they give us a sense of rootedness and they guard against the human tendency to the arrogance of the here and now.
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Meenakshi Lakhanpal says she cast her net wide and worked to create opportunities to prepare herself for getting articles.
Meenakshi Lakhanpal says she cast her net wide and worked to create opportunities to prepare herself for getting articles.
Getting into law school is no easy feat, but you know it only gets harder from there. Besides juggling the crushing workload, maxing out lines of credit, and adjusting to a new environment, it’s essential to start lining up an articling position — all within the first six months.
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:16

Career beginnings: a Q&A

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Lawson-PeterRoundtree.jpgSince my last Canadian Lawyer 4Students article, I have been called to the British Columbia bar. As I’m no longer a student, and this will be my last article for 4Students, I thought it would be fitting to look back to the beginning.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ian-Holloway.jpgMaybe the best movie line ever about law school was delivered by John Houseman in The Paper Chase. Playing the imperious contracts professor Charles W. Kingsfield, he famously said to first year student James Hart and his classmates: “You come in here with a skull full of mush. . . . And if you survive,” he continued in all his stentorious magnificence, “you’ll leave thinking like a lawyer.”
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Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

Three articling myths

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Lawson-PeterRoundtree.jpgIt’s no secret articling can be stressful. For many students, this is their first time working in a law office. Even those who have summered have probably heard stories about how different articling is, and have preconceived notions of how their lives will change over the year. In this article, I hope to dispel some of those myths.
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Monday, 09 March 2015 08:00

How to land an articling interview

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_Jenny_Poon.jpgThe Canadian economy is still picking up since the 2008 recession. Despite this, the annual unemployment rate is still around six or seven per cent, which is much higher than a lot of other developed countries. Also, with the rise of the cost of living and an increased number of university graduates, having a Bachelor’s degree or even a law degree doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get a job.
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